July 23, 2010 Subject:
Review from Continuo's Weblog
The reuse of the reuse, continued. In True and False, Joseph Nechvatal keeps on recycling the sonic debris of the spirited mid-1980s, and even reuses some samples and sound clips from a previous cassette, Sleep, 1983 (see here). The composer’s technique of sound collage and cut-up likens True and False to a huge aural paraprosdokian, in as much as the beginning of a sentence is pasted with the end of another, and a music excerpt is interrupted by another. I guess this utmost nonsense is what makes the tape such an hilarious experience, more than the ridicule of some sound excerpts. Whatever, we are treated with extensive excerpts from Miles Davis’ Get Up With It, moronic japanese anime fight sounds, the Ghostbusters soundtrack (tr.#1, 8:40), Hollywood films dialogues, Brian Eno, New Order, etc – plus Joseph’s own synthesizer for good measure. In his introduction to “Guido Cavalcanti Rime”, Ezra Pound wrote that poets were “the great condensers of words” (from Margaret Fisher’s Ezra Pound’s Radio Operas, MIT, p. 149), and I would extend this description to Joseph Nechvatal, himself a great condenser of aural delicacies.